I receive many wedding invitations, but because of distance, very rugged terrain and the time away from home, I attend very few. A monetary gift is always given after receiving the invitation.
Rwanda weddings have three ceremonies: the civil ceremony, the dowry giving and then the church wedding.
This dowry giving is the fun part. Oswald, who is my driver and board member, went with me as the interpreter. He is such a blessing to me.
The bride is the adopted daughter of my contractor Felix. She was orphaned as a child during the Genocide.
The dresses are eye-catching, The bride is lovely. She was presented by her brothers and papa Felix.
A band and singers were present. They played and sang African music. The gentleman, who is holding the guitar and lead singer, is blind. It is his band, and he has a great voice. I was impressed.
Best of all for me, storks kept watch over the ceremony.
Not so beautiful up close and personal.
I am assuming the tall guy is the male. Don’t know a lot about storks, but in the USA, tradition says these birds bring babies. Not in any stretch of the imagination.
It was awesome for me to meet again, at the wedding, after many years, Imbaraga, his wife and children. His wedding was one of the first I attended many years ago. Now his children are students at Urukundo Learning Center.